La Chair et le Diable (The Devil and the Pulpit) is a serviceable vehicle for the magnificent Vivienne Romance. The star plays the sensuous wife of farm-owner Peter Van Eyck, who has recently hired itinerant laborer Rossano Brazzi. Sure enough, Vivienne and Brazzi inaugurate a torrid affair, with Vivienne as the aggressor. Shortly afterward, Van Eyck disappears, and when a mangled body turns up, the illicit lovers are accused of the crime. When Van Eyck does show up, it is to late to prevent a tragedy of near-apocalyptic dimensions. Oddly enough, this "outdoors" melodrama is largely filmed within the walls of a studio.
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